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Modern Veterinary Anesthesia

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Sleuth the Reporter Dog is thankful that he has only needed to have one surgery in his life.  He knows how scary the thought of anesthesia can be for many pet owners.  So, he asked the Veterinary News Network to provide some information about Modern Veterinary Anesthesia


1)    Although it seems that everyone has a friend of a friend who lost a pet under anesthesia, the reality is that the vast majority of pets will come through surgical procedures just fine.

2)    Veterinarians work hard to make sure that your pet is kept warm, safe and secure during any surgery.  Advanced monitoring equipment, new safety items and even the presence of highly trained and skillful veterinary technicians are keys to keeping adverse anesthetic events to a minimum.

3)    Modern surgical monitors allow us to track a petís body temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, respirations, oxygen saturation and even carbon dioxide levels.  By systematically tracking these vital signs, we can proactively respond to potential issues.

4)    Safety equipment, like warming blankets and even calibrated fluid pumps, are now standard in our veterinary hospital.  In addition, most pets will receive an IV catheter for their procedure.

5)    Even our anesthetic drugs have improved.  New, safer inhalant gases quickly leave the body once they are removed from the breathing circuit and allow a smoother recovery.  Reversible drugs can now allow our doctors to get your pet out of surgery and the recovery ward and back home to you more quickly.

6)    Finally, itís important to recognize that our veterinarians are not alone in surgery with your pet.  Our team includes skilled and highly trained veterinary technicians and surgical assistants who help monitor your pet and respond to any need.

7)    Ask us if you have concerns about your petís upcoming surgery.  Please donít rely on dubious information from the Internet.  We are proud of our commitment to your petís safety.

8)    We will gladly give you a tour of our surgical suite if you would likeÖin addition, we can show you how we customize our anesthetic protocol to meet your petís unique needs.

9)    Sites like MyVNN.com can provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.